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Welcome to Islamic World Studies

Islamic World Studies (IWS) is CUA’s multidisciplinary program focused on the societies, cultures, religious traditions, and politics of the Muslim world. Open to all CUA undergraduates, the program offers a Certificate in Arabic & IWS and a Minor in IWS in CUA’s School of Arts & Sciences. These programs supplement undergraduate majors by assembling University offerings on the Islamic world, covering the Middle East and Africa to South and Southeast Asia to Europe and the Americas, from the emergence of Islam until today. IWS draws on the expertise of scholars in Modern Languages, History, Media Studies, Semitics, Anthropology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, as well as resources of the J.K. Mullen Library and the Consortium of Washington Area Universities.

Program Director and Advisor

Assistant Professor of History
211 O'Boyle Hall
(202) 319-5484


Spring 2019 Courses

Courses not requiring Arabic


HIST 309: Rise of Islam, M W 9:40-10:55 (IWS requirement)


SEM 547: Arabic Literature in Translation, M W F 12:40-1:30


POL 414: The Arab-Israeli Conflict, W 3:40-6:10



Courses in or requiring Arabic 

ARAB 102: Elementary Modern Standard Arabic II, M-F 12:40-1:30 

ARAB 104: Intermediate Modern Standard Arabic II, M-Th 11:10-12:00


ARAB 204: Advanced Arabic Composition & Conversation II, T Th 9:40-10:55